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 Wednesday, July 26, 2017
B&H has the Impact Aluminum Mid-Range Boom Arm available for $69.90 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $99.90.
This mid-range boom arm looks like it would work especially well with shoe-mount flashes for rim/separation and/or hair lighting. Else, it could also work well supporting a main light (with a lightweight modifier) boomed above the camera position. [Sean]
Product Highlights
  • Adjustable 26 to 60" Boom Arm
  • 3 x Telescoping Sections
  • Counterweight Hook
  • 5 lb Capacity Empty Sandbag
  • 5/8" Reversible Spigot w/Threaded Ends
  • Pivot Clamp with Ratcheting Handle
Post Date: 7/26/2017 1:05:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Just posted: Sony a9 Review.
This camera has features that will leave you wanting when shooting with anything else.
The Sony a9 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama.
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Post Date: 7/26/2017 9:01:39 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Rode VideoMic Pro Plus On-Camera Shotgun Microphone available for preorder with free expedited shipping.
Product Highlights
  • For DSLRs, Camcorders & More
  • Improved RF-Immunity Over Previous Model
  • 20 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • Rycote Lyre Shockmount
  • 3.5mm Mini-Jack Output, Dual Mono Output
  • Right Channel Can Act as Safety Channel
  • Selectable HPF and High-Frequency Boost
  • Included Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • Battery Lasts Over 100 Hours
  • Includes Micro-USB & TRS Cables
Categories: Preorders, Rode News
Post Date: 7/26/2017 7:59:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Digital Learning Center has been busy compiling a great set of articles on solar eclipse photography, with two more articles – "Keeping It All In Focus" and "Spectacular Totality" – added recently. See below for the full list of solar eclipse articles available on the CDLC and also check out our review of the Meade Glass White Light Solar Filter.
CDLC Solar Eclipse Photography Articles
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Vello Wireless ShutterBoss II Remote Switch with Digital Timer available for $49.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
Note: Scroll down the page to see eligible Canon/Nikon/Sony/Fujifilm/Panasonic models. If you don't see a Remote Switch model for your particular camera on sale, you can always purchase one of the discounted remote & cable kits linked above and buy a compatible cable separately to realize a still-significant discount over the normal price.
Product Highlights
  • Frequency: 2.4 GHz
  • Range: 250'
  • Channels: 99
  • Number of Shots from 1-999 or Infinite
  • Long Exposures up to 99 H 59 Min 59 Sec
  • Delay Setting and Multi-Exposure Mode
  • Dual-Function Release
  • Interval Control
  • Backlit LCD and LED Indicators
  • Functions Wired or Wirelessly
Post Date: 7/26/2017 7:40:36 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Steadicam Solo Stabilizer & Monopod for $139.95 with free shipping. Originally $499.95.
Product Highlights
  • Converts between Steadicam and Monopod
  • 3-Axis Gimbal
  • 10 lb Weight Capacity
  • Telescopically Extends to Four Sections
  • Includes QR Plate and Counterweights
  • Folds to a Portable 24"
  • Supports Optional Arm and Vest
Post Date: 7/26/2017 5:48:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, July 25, 2017

From the B&H YouTube Channel:
In this video, Jake from B&H takes the brand new DJI Spark for a spin, and it just happens to be his first time flying a drone. For a new pilot, the Spark features easy-to-use gesture controls, positioning systems, and tracking modes. It's extremely small size and light weight also make it one of the most portable drones around, plus it's capable of recording 1080p video.
B&H has the DJI Spark (Alpine White) in stock.
Post Date: 7/25/2017 2:30:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
In a recent blog post on LinkedIn, CEO of 3 Legged Thing Danny Lenihan explains why their new product – the QR11-LC Universal L-Bracket – costs $49.99 while competing products from China cost significantly less. He also goes on to explain the impact of widespread intellectual property theft on the photographic accessory market (as well as other industries).
From LinkedIn:
In the last couple of weeks my little brand, 3 Legged Thing, launched a brand new Universal L Bracket - the QR11. For the most part, the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
Then, somebody sent me a link to a well known forum, where a conversation had started about the press release for the QR11. The comments were almost wholly negative with more than one contributor stating “You can buy this from **insert website name** for $7? or “I got one from China for $5 and it works just fine”.
Fantastic. What you actually did is perpetuate a cycle of intellectual property theft, and put your own equipment at risk by using something that has zero accountability, or any certification, made with unknown materials, in a factory where you have no idea what the conditions are like. That’s what you did. I’ll take you through it, step by step, so you can understand.
Read the entire article on LinkedIn.
Post Date: 7/25/2017 11:13:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
After using the Sony a9 for nearly two months, I thought I'd share the setup steps I used for this camera. Following are the 27 steps I took to make an out-of-the-box Sony a9 ready for use.

  • Charge battery
  • Install neck strap
  • Download and install Capture One (for Sony) (unless your current favorite image processing software supports the Sony a9)
  • Insert charged battery and power on the camera
  • Set the timezone, date, time, timeformat
  • insert memory card (don't forget to format it)
  • Scroll through all of the menu tabs to configure the camera as follows:
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 1: Quality: RAW
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 1: RAW File Type: Uncompressed (unless taking advantage of the 20 fps frame rate or wanting an about-50% smaller RAW file size)
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 2: Lens Comp.: All Off
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 4: Priority Set in AF-S: AF
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 4: Priority Set in AF-C: AF
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 4: Focus Area: Flexible Spot
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 7: Reset EV Comp.: Maintain
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 7: Spot Metering Point: Focus Point Link
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 10: DRO/Auto HDR: Off
  • Camera Menu 1, Tab 10: Creative Style: Neutral, Sharpness = 1 (I process with the Natural creative style in Capture One)
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 4: Release w/o Card: Disable
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 6: Grid Line: Rule of 3rds Grid
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 8: Custom Key(Shoot.): Custom Button 1: ISO
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 9: Shutter Type: Electronic Shut. (I sometimes opted for the Auto setting)
  • Camera Menu 2, Tab 9: Audio signals: On:e-shutter only (set to Off if photographing in a quiet setting)
  • Network Menu, Tab 1: Airplane Mode: On
  • Setup Menu, Tab 1: Volume Settings: 3
  • Setup Menu, Tab 1: Delete confirm: "Delete" first
  • Setup Menu, Tab 2: Touch Operation: On
  • Setup Menu, Tab 4: Copyright Info: Write Copyright Info: On, Set Photographer: {name}, Set Copyright: {name}

I of course make other menu and setting changes based on current shooting scenarios, but this list covers my typical camera setup.
To copy this configuration would mean that you intend to shoot similar to how I shoot - including shooting in RAW-only format. While my setup works great for me, your best use of this list may be for tweaking your own setup.
If you can't remember your own menu setup parameters, keeping an up-to-date list such as this one is a good idea. If the camera is ever reset-to-factory state, your list will ensure that you do not miss an important setting when putting the camera back into service.
More Information
Sony a9
The Sony a9 is in stock at B&H | Amazon | Adorama | WEX.

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Post Date: 7/25/2017 9:08:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
For the next three days, the powerful mac photo editor Macphun Luminar Neptune will be on sale for $49.00 (reg. $69.00).
Post Date: 7/25/2017 7:11:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Interfit Strobies Pro-Flash Battery Pack available for $129.99 with free expedited shipping. Regularly $199.99.
Note: Want to power your Canon / Nikon flashes? You'll need to pick up an accessory cable, too.
Product Highlights
  • For Strobies Pro-Flash One Eighty Flash
  • For Select Shoe-Mount Flash Units
  • Capacity: 4,500mAh
  • Two Power Ports
  • 700 Full-Power Flashes with Pro-Flash
  • 1800 Full-Power Flashes with Speedlight
  • Recharge Time: 3 Hours
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
Post Date: 7/25/2017 5:50:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW Backpack available for $79.95 with free shipping. Regularly $149.95.
Product Highlights
  • Holds Pro-DSLR with Kit Lens, Flash
  • Also Holds Clothes,Phone,Ski Poles, Food
  • Pack Swings to Front for Access to Gear
  • Reflective Piping for Night Hiking
  • Built-In All-Weather Cover
  • Front, Side, Lid Storage Pockets
  • Dedicated Hydration Pocket With Port
  • Straps / Waist Belt / Airflow Back Pad
  • Multiple Accessory Attachment Points
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
Post Date: 7/25/2017 5:40:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through midnight tonight Eastern Time, B&H has the Polsen GPMK-22 GoPro Production Microphone Kit available for $39.95 with free shipping. Regularly $99.95.
Product Highlights
  • GoPro HERO4, HERO3+ & HERO3 Compatible
  • X/Y Stereo Mic with Selectable Gain
  • Shotgun Microphone
  • Microphones are Compact & Lightweight
  • No External Power Needed
  • Easy to Attach with Included Hardware
  • Foam Windscreens Included
  • For Video, Film, SFX, Sports & More
  • Requires Revo Quick-Release Frame
 Monday, July 24, 2017
B&H has the Dracast LED1000 Silver Series Foldable Bi-Color LED Light available for $349.95 with next day delivery. Regularly $1,149.95.
Included Free: Dracast Camlux Pro Bi-Color On-Camera Light ($89.95 value) and Dracast V-Mount to Dual NPF Converter ($44.80 value)
Product Highlights
  • 1000 LEDs with CRI of >95
  • Color Temperature: 3200-5600K
  • Beam Angle: 45°
  • Dimming from 0-100%
  • Folded Size: 9.1 x 7.8 x 1.4"
  • Extended Size: 9.1 x 15.7 x 0.7"
  • Physical Dimming Dial; Aluminum Chassis
  • Power Draw: 58W
  • V-Mount Battery Plate & AC Adapter
  • Center Mount Yoke and Carrying Case
More Dracast LED lighting deals can be found here.
If you're still pondering options for photographing the upcoming solar eclipse, B&H has a deal for you. Right now, you can get the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens Solar Eclipse Kit for $1,499.00 with free expedited shipping after $200.00 instant savings.
The Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 Lens Solar Eclipse Kit comes with a Tamron Marumi 95mm DHG ND-100000 Solid Neutral Density 5.0 (16.5 Stops) Solar Eclipse Filter ($299.00 value) and five Lunt Solar Systems Solar / Solar Eclipse Viewing Glasses.
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